Kwik Brain 016: My Morning Routine (How to Jumpstart Your Brain & Day)How can you jumpstart your brain and day for greater productivity and peace of mind? I’m often asked what my morning routine is – and in this episode, I reveal the answer.

Show Notes

How can you jumpstart your brain and day for greater productivity and peace of mind?

In my daily Instagram Lives @jimkwik, I’m constantly asked: what’s my morning routine?

If you can win your morning, you can win your day.

Creating routines in the morning and evening helps me insulate myself from decision fatigue.

Decision Fatigue: You can only create a finite number of good decisions each day.

Setting up habits early in the day creates positive momentum and a vision and direction for my day.

I don’t always do all of these, but here are some ideas for you.

My Ideal Morning Routine

recall my dreams.

  • Episode 14 is all about the power of dreams to transform your life.Some of the greatest breakthroughs in history came in dreams.
  • Some of the greatest breakthroughs in history came in dreams.
  • When you dream, your subconscious mind processes solutions to problems you work on in the daytime, but most people forget them.
  • When you dream, your subconscious mind processes solutions to problems you work on in the daytime, but most people forget them.
  • I go through the process in Episode 14 on how to recall my dreams.

I make the bed.

  • Making your bed is a success habit.
  • How you do anything is how you do everything.
  • Making your bed well teaches you how to do everything else well – that’s why it’s required in the military.
  • When you return at the end of the day, you come back to success.

I drink water and take my supplements.

  • Water is important because most of us are very dehydrated at night.
  • I take my supplements and probiotics.
  • Your gut is your second brain.
    • You have an incredible amount of nerve cells in your gut, so make sure they’re fed.

I focus on my breathing.

  • Breathing techniques fully oxygenate your body and your brain.
  • Try box breathing, alpha breathing, or the Wim Hof method.

I meditate.

  • I meditate for 15 – 20 minutes because mindfulness is so important.
  • I want to have a clear mind as I enter the day.
  • Try the Headspace app or the Muse device.

I move.

  • I move for 1 – 2 minutes so I can get into my body.
  • I do intense movements like calisthenics, jumping jacks, crunches, or burpees.
  • I exercise later in the afternoon, but this movement gets my heart rate moving.

I take a cold shower.

  • Cold therapy works for me and helps to reset my nervous system.

I make a tea.

  • My favorite brain tea is a combination of gotu kola, ginkgo, lion’s mane, MCT oil and other gems.
  • This concoction stimulates my brain and increases my focus throughout the day.

I journal.

  • I’ve been journaling since college.
  • Many geniuses – like Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison – write journals.
  • Studies have found that many geniuses journal. But do they journal because they’re geniuses, or does the process of journaling and reflection make them geniuses?
  • I prefer to handwrite my journals since studies say handwriting is better than typing.

I create a to-do list, a to-be list, and a to-feel list.

  • My to-do list:
    • I pick 3 personal and 3 professional goals to complete for the day.
    • My friend Clay Hebert calls it a “champagne moment.” What can I accomplish that will make me feel like I crushed it at the end of the day?
  • My to-feel list:
    • A lot of who we are is our states and emotions.
    • I don’t want to feel a certain way by accident but by design.
    • I decide how I want to feel so I can design my day that way: to feel loved, to feel curious, to feel bewilderment, to feel connected, to feel gratitude.
  • My to-be list:
    • Who do I want to be today – a good partner? A good friend? A good leader? A good teacher? A good coach?
    • We’re not human doings. We’re not human beings.

I read.

  • I read for about 20-30 minutes.
  • If you schedule the time, you can read one book a week just by reading 30 minutes a day.

I make my brain smoothie.

  • Most of the ingredients come from my top 10 brain foods – green leafy vegetables, water, blueberries, avocado, and more.

I go through my brain training.

I start my day with my most difficult, important task.

  • You can’t manage your time as much as you can manage your priorities.
  • Priorities used to be a singular word. Now everyone has multiple priorities.
  • In the morning, I have the most nervous system energy so I like to take on the biggest thing on my list.
  • Usually, the thing I don’t want to do is the thing I should do that will make everything else easier.
  • If you have trouble, refer to the Kwik Brain 010: How to Stop Procrastinating.

Why I Manage the First Hour of My Day:

  • sually, the first hour of your day is the hour you can influence the most.
  • If you need help adding these, listen to Kwik Brain 015: How to Create New Habits.
  • This conversation is all about self-love and self-care.
  • Self-love and self-care are not selfish.
  • You can’t be good for somebody unless you’re being good to yourself.
  • Set up your morning so you can win – and then you can check your phone and email in a resilient state. But you start the day with momentum and having already checked off some important items on your list.
  • Come back and celebrate at the end of your day.